Green Thought Thursday: Earth Day is HERE!

By Posted in - Sustainability on April 14th, 2011

For our next installment of Green Thought Thursday, we wanted to fill everyone in on our client Briar Chapel’s upcoming Earth Day event. Briar Chapel is the largest green community in the Triangle and hopes to inspire folks to get out and go green this weekend.

The big event is THIS Saturday, and activities will span the entire day, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the 3rd Annual Briar Chapel 5K Run. Not only will participants have a chance to enjoy the community’s scenic trails, but they will also feel good knowing that all proceeds benefit the Abundance Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about local food and renewable energy. Those who register early will receive a locally made organic t-shirt from our friends at TS Designs. Feeling motivated? Register here!

Other activities will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Perhaps your first stop should be with local chefs Colin Bedford, Jimmy Reale, Greg Hamm and Kelly Taylor as they showcase dishes created for the Chatham County Chef Challenge. Each dish was prepared in hopes of encouraging healthier choices in the Chatham County Schools lunch program. The result? They taste delicious! You’ll have the chance to see for yourself Saturday, as the chefs hand out samples to the public. Check out our recent blog to learn more about the Chef Challenge.

Other events you won’t want to miss – the Hunt for Green, a scavenger hunt where participants will capture each QR code clue with their smart phones and have a chance to tour the model homes, and environmental education demonstrations on topics such as community gardening and vermiculture by Briar Chapel residents, local farmers and other non-profit organizations. Find out more about these special Earth Day events here.

Also, be sure to drop in at 2:00 for a question and answer session with local author Jonathan Bloom, where he will be sharing what he discovered while working on his latest book, American Wasteland, a chronicle of the waste of food from “farm to fork.” He will also give tips on how you can reduce waste in your own home. We can’t wait to hear what he has to say, and we’ll be sure to share some of his ideas in an upcoming Green Thought Thursday.

As if these weren’t all reasons enough, you’ll also enjoy treats from local spots like Angelina’s Kitchen, Bean and Barrel, Busy Bee Café, Fullsteam Brewery and Saxapahaw General Store.

We hope to see you at Briar Chapel Saturday!

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